Setting Sails

This year’s TEDxJacobsUniversity event will be anchored by the theme 'Setting Sails'. Setting Sails aims to raise awareness on present day, global issues ranging from poverty to women’s rights. By emphasizing Bremen’s colorful history and character as a marine trade city, this TEDx event brings attention to the future of not only our city but our bigger home, the world. Furthermore, it serves as a reminder that, individually and collectively, we are all embarking on this journey.

Through a carefully selected line-up of speakers, Setting Sails wants to enlighten and inspire all its attendants to set sails towards the future. A future in a world without poverty, a world without climate change, a world without discrimination...

About Jacobs University

Renowned for its impressive multinational student population, Jacobs University is a private, higher education institution based in Bremen, Germany. Its transdisciplinary system and unique focus on preparing students for their careers has differentiated Jacobs from its peers. Since its establishment in 2001, Jacobs’ staff, students and alumni have built a warm, driven community that covers the globe. It has been a pillar of the university to work diligently to a positive impact not only on a local level, but also internationally.

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Michelle Werning

Are some people born to be heroes, or can it be learned? A childhood life tarnished by tragedy, Michelle Werning drew inspiration from Dr. Philip Zimbardo and dedicated her life in helping become everyday heroes.

Gerald Marin

To help save food, Gerald Marin and his team collect fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted and turn them into dried food powder, prolonging shelf-life from 2 weeks to about 2 years.

Christian Gutsche

Dr. Christian Gutsche ist physicist and works in the renewable energy research, more precisely in the battery research. Moreover, he is an activist for a solidary economy and the 'Energiewende'. In times of climate change and financial crises a central question is: How to move people to contribute to a better world?


VoVo is the German Chapter President of B.A.C.A., Bikers Against Child Abuse, an organization started by a group of motorbikers who empower children to not be afraid through community-building and their physical presence.

Stephanie Brisson

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About TED and TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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